Blatter and Platini appeals rejected

Photo courtesy of fdecomite / Flickr

Photo courtesy of fdecomite / Flickr

Disgraced FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Vice President Michel Platini have had their respective appeals against their 90-bans from the organisation rejected.

Both men were suspended last month after allegations of corruption were made against the pair.

Blatter, 79, is accused of making a “disloyal” payment to Platini, who is also the President of the European governing body UEFA.

Platini, regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, has defended the payment, saying that it was “valid compensation” for his time working under Blatter nine years ago.

The Swiss, who has been in charge of world football since 1998, was discharged from hospital last week after what was described as a “small emotional breakdown.”

FIFA has been beset by allegations of corruption for several years and the latest investigation also focuses on a TV rights deal between the governing body and Jack Warner, the former head of Concacaf, which oversees the game in North and Central America as well as the Caribbean.

 

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